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How woodland devastated by Great Storm of 1987 has bounced back

Brendan Montague

16th October, 2017

As 110mph winds raged across southern England, Britain's Great Storm of 1987 wreaked devastation across scores of National Trust woodland. But thirty years later, nature has proven resilient. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

Where the world’s appetite for fish matters most

Nosmot Gbadamosi

18th October, 2017

Fishermen in Senegal know their livelihoods will end if African governments don’t take action. And time is running out. NOSMOT GBADAMOSI reports more...

Gove: climate policy must not come ‘at the expense of economic growth’

Mat Hope

4th October, 2017

Environment secretary Michael Gove said he is convinced “climate change is a danger” but that efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions must not come at the expense of economic growth. MAT HOPE of DeSmog UK reports more...

‘Green Brexit’? Not with this dirty Brexit brigade, Mr Gove

Brendan Montague

3rd October, 2017

The Brexit campaign included investors, brokers and businessmen with a financial interest in tearing up European Union regulations protecting the environment, claims BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

The disappearance of Santiago Maldonado in 'Benetton’s stolen lands'

Atus Mariqueo-Russell & Carole Concha Bell

1st October, 2017

Santiago Maldonado was last seen as he was being forcibly dragged away by military police in Argentina on 1st August. Today marks the two-month anniversary of his disappearance. The police and the security minister, Patricia Bullrich, both deny that they have detained him. ATUS MARIQUEO-RUSSELL and CAROLE CONCHA BELL report more...

Britain will lead global low carbon revolution, claims Labour shadow chancellor

Brendan Montague

25th September, 2017

Britain will become 'world leaders in decarbonising our economy' claims John McDonnell at his speech to the Labour Party conference in Brighton today. And with Labour still ahead of the polls, his radical agenda for renewable energy could become government policy, reports BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

Blind man flees country fearing charity will take his guide dog

Catherine Early

19th September, 2017

A blind man has gone to Ireland due to fears that his beloved guide dog will be removed by charity Guide Dogs. A petition has been set up on Change.org to persuade the charity to change its mind. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

Nandos, Lidl and Asda chikens come home to roost after animal advocacy group goes undercover

Frances Rankin

15th September, 2017

Animal Equality published footage showing chickens destined for Nando's, Lidl and Asda were being kept in appalling conditions. One month later, has enough been done to ensure animal welfare and food hygiene standards are met? FRANCES RANKIN reports more...

Will Brexit spell the end for live animal exports?

Keith Taylor MEP

12 September, 2017

The Stop Live Transport International Awareness Day is planned for tomorrow. KEITH TAYLOR MEP examines whether Brexit and the withdrawal from the European Union will make it more likely that live animal exports will be stopped... more...

Conservative Environment Network report 'fails to drill down into fracking and climate policy'

Tim Holmes

11 September, 2017

The Conservative Environment Network launched a new report in Parliament with Sajid Javid. But the paper fails to properly address the issue of climate change and does not even mention fracking, says TIM HOLMES more...

Millions worldwide hit by unprecedented flooding as climate change becomes a deadly reality

Claire James

31st August, 2017

Floods in Sierra Leone. Floods in India. Floods in Nepal. Floods in Bangladesh. Officials now estimate 41 million people across India, Nepal and Bangladesh have been affected. And of course there have been floods in Houston, Texas. We knew climate change would bring more flooding, so is this what the future holds, asks CLAIRE JAMES more...

Aristocrat activist leads day of action to 'round up the Roundup'

Catherine Early

31st August, 2017

Hector Christie, owner of the Tapeley Park estate and farm in Devon and renowned environmental campaigner, is urging the public to join a day of action against the Roundup weedkiller. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

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Is Hurricane Harvey a harbinger for America’s future?

Andrew King

29 August, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is likely to end up being one of the most costly disasters in US history. It is also likely that climate change and population growth in the region have worsened the effects of this major storm, argues ANDREW KING more...

Ecologist Special Report: The Al Hima Revival

Curtis Abraham

22nd August, 2017

Throughout history, Islam has contributed innovative ideas that have helped advance world civilization. The al Hima initiative in Jordan is one such example. This ancient practice is currently being revived as a land management (natural resource management) strategy in pastoralist areas of the Middle East and North Africa and is being seen as a bulwark against climate change, desertification and drought. CURTIS ABRAHAM reports more...

Saudi Crown Prince about to learn the price of global climate change mitigation

Brendan Montague

21st August, 2017

The sale of a slice of Saudi Aramco will be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in human history. The Crown Prince believes his company is worth a total of $2 trillion. But investors must consider current low oil prices and climate mitigation policies when assessing value. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

Biodiversity spending slashed by government as crisis grows

Tim Holms

16th August, 2017

Austerity is leading to serious cuts to Britain's investment in its natural environment at the same time biodiversity is under serious threat, reports TIM HOLMES more...

Lawson's climate denial met with 'rapid, referenced and robust' debunking

Brendan Montague

14th August, 2017

Lord Lawson was invited onto the BBC Radio 4 Today programme to debate the risk of climate change. Scientists, former BBC journalists and politicians have all questioned the wisdom of this decision. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

Susan Clark to step down as editor of The Ecologist

Staff Reporter

8th August, 2017

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Ecologist Special Report: Animal Protection's Surprising Role in Climate Change

Stephen Wells, Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

19th July, 2017

On 20th May 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund hosted its third annual Animal Law Symposium in Los Angeles, California. It brought together legal professionals and animal advocates from all around the nation to focus on the latest answers to a very important question: How can we best protect wild animals when human activity increasingly runs counter to the interests of wildlife? One of those advocates, STEPHEN WELLS, says we can no longer afford to ignore the devastating impact of animal agriculture more...

First legal action under Ireland’s new climate legislation

Conor Purcell

17th July, 2017

Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) has taken the first legal action under Ireland’s new climate legislation. FIE has expressed its concerns that the Irish government is intending to ignore the terms set out by the 2015 Paris climate agreement by lodging a judicial review with the High Court in relation to Dublin Airport's proposed new runway, CONOR PURCELL reports more...

Brexit will have devastating consequences for the environment - and that's no accident

Brendan Montague

4 July, 2017

The driver for the businessmen who funded the Brexit campaign was cutting environmental and social protections to increase profits. But knowing this would win few votes, the public campaign focused on 'taking back control' and immigration. So what does this mean for the environment in post-Brexit Britain, asks BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

Brexit is not a good time to be a British bee - claims Green MEP

Molly Scott Cato MEP

3 July, 2017

Bees in Britain are looking enviously at their EU neighbours. The EU is set to extend a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides - but agri-chemical lobbyists have the ear of pro-Brexit Tories, argues Molly Scott Cato MEP. The member of the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee responds to our report in The Ecologist on Friday about new corporate funded research confirming the threat to bees. She argues it is now time to redouble our efforts to protect our vital pollinators. more...

Ecologist Special Report: Environmental Activist Illegally Detained in Baja California Sur, Mexico

Viviane Mahieux

14th June, 2017

Since the illegal arrest and imprisonment of lawyer and environmental activist John Moreno (and his client Joella Corado) on May 19th, numerous protests and vigils have been held, both in the town of Todos Santos and in the state capital of La Paz. Many consider Moreno a political prisoner of the Mexican Government, and see Corado as collateral damage in a political campaign to clamp down on community resistance to development. VIVIANE MAHIEUX tells their story to date... more...

Energy Storage Solutions will help tackle Climate Change

Ian Larive

31st March, 2017

The UK is placing energy storage at the heart of its new Modern Industrial Strategy, due to its potential to support smart energy systems and the automotive sector. As the energy industry moves away from carbon-heavy production, the twin-approach of renewable energy and storage will be critical for delivering on the demand while securing the future of UK energy, writes IAN LARIVE more...

Fukushima farmers grow traditional brown cotton

20th March, 2017

In 2011 the Fukushima region of Japan was devastated by an earthquake and nuclear disaster. Six years on, the residents have begun to rebuild their lives and are producing Japanese cotton. more...

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